If you have been injured in Brent, you may wish to make a claim for financial compensation for any loss, damage, negligence or hurt. Most physical injuries have a recovery period of at least a month, and often people find that their injury affects their ability to work. This can have a serious impact on one’s bank account, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll be welcomed back at work or be able to work overtime in the near future.

The same can be said for psychological injuries, disease and illness, and let’s not forget that any personal injury can have a serious impact on our personal lives.

Claims in Brent are a way for you to recover the losses associated with your injury. You may find yourself out of work without any earnings, or you may find yourself running up a bill for medical expenses, counselling or other recovery aides. All of which can be claimed for.

If you are thinking about making claims in Brent, you will find the following information about how compensation is calculated and awarded invaluable:

How compensation is calculated

Compensation is split into two categories; general damages and special damages. General damages is the compensation awarded for your injury. Special damages is the compensation awarded for financial losses associated with your injury.

The level of general damages you may receive depends on the severity of your injury, length of recovery time and your prognosis for the future. For example, grade 1 whiplash is a minor injury with a recovery period of around one month, while grade 3 whiplash is a severe injury with a recovery period of over 12 months. Grade 3 whiplash has a higher average payout.

The level of special damages you may receive depends on your loss of earnings, including overtime, plus all financial hardships associated with your injury such as public transport expenses, medical bills and all other out-of-pocket expenses. Your solicitor dealing with your claims in Brent will calculate special damages on your behalf.

How compensation is awarded

General damages and special damages are combined and offered to you in a lump sum by cheque which will be sent to you by your solicitor. Unless you are a minor, in which case your compensation is addressed to your parent or guardian. Cheques take 7 – 14 working days to clear, depending on the bank. It’s important to have patience with the claims process and to stay realistic throughout; claims can take over 12 months to process, in cases where the claim value is contested or liability not accepted.

Have you had an accident in Brent? Do you know somebody who has? Get informed and discuss your case with a claims advisor today – call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.

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